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Parliamentary questions
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14 February 2020
 E-004166/2019
Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004166/2019

The conditions for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) support for engine replacement are set out in Article 41(2) of Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 and are applicable equally to all territorial entities, including the outermost regions.

There are no circumstances, giving full consideration to Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in which an engine may be replaced with a more powerful engine when using EMFF support.

The objective of the support for engine replacement is to improve energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions without increasing the power of the vessel. An increase in the power would result in an increase of the fishing capacity of the vessel, which is quantified in gross tonnage (GT) and engine power in kW.

Pursuant to Article 11(a) of Regulation (EU) No 508/2014, operations that increase the fishing capacity of a vessel are not eligible for support because they could lead to an increase of the ability of the vessel to catch fish, thus undermining a sustainable exploitation of fish stocks.

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